How institutions can better evaluate diversity statements in the hiring process

As more employers in higher education require applicants to submit a diversity statement — a statement in which a job applicant can address how they can contribute to a culture of inclusion and equity — a standard framework for employers to evaluate diversity statements is lacking. Two Colorado State University researchers coauthored a recent study that examined the strengths and limitations of diversity statements and gathered expert opinion on how institutions could meaningfully evaluate statements in the hiring process, as well as other tools to evaluate candidates’ DEI commitment.

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